Blocking the Trem, Does it Affect String Tension?
My main axe has an Edge on it. Due to the fact I play live, use different tunings, and don't like carrying a backup guitar; I blocked the trem with two wood blocks. This way I can go to drop tuning, replace a string in a few mins, and keep playing if a string breaks.
Does blocking the trem, reduce the string tension? I'm not sure how to word this, so I'll try to explain myself better. With the trem unblocked, you have the force of three springs pulling on the strings. With it blocked, now you just have the tension in the springs from just the springs being tuned to pitch. Does having the springs in the trem give added tension to the springs, or does it just balance out the tension all ready in the springs and the net force is zero (the wooden blocks are acting like the springs now?)?